Entries tagged with: SXSW
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder; words by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at The Main, Austin, 3/14/2012
Cloud Nothings spent the bulk of 2012 on the road in support of their great Attack on Memory album and we caught them in NYC a bunch of times throughout the year. And not that we'd ever turn down seeing them again, but when they announced that they're working on a new album, it made their set at the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party yesterday (3/14) even more anticipated. And they did preview some material from the new record at the show, and it's sounding really good. The new stuff is hard-hitting but not without the melodies that make Cloud Nothings so catchy. You can watch a video of them playing one of their new songs at their Mohawk show on Tuesday (3/12) below.
Of course, they also played a bunch off Attack on Memory and when they did those songs, they had maybe the wildest crowd at the BV day parties so far. Like they usually do, they changed up those songs a bit live, especially during the jammy parts, and worked in some instrumental interludes between songs too. They also changed the setlist around since the last few times I've seen them (I think it was the first time they didn't play "Separation" before "Wasted Days," and no "Stay Useless"!). The front half of the crowd (if not also the back) knew every word and they were grabbing each other to scream along, starting mini mosh pits, and rushing the stage. Over a year after the release of Attack on Memory, it's great to see random people still coming together and connecting with each other and those songs.
Big thanks to our sponsors Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Pink Avocado, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, who we couldn't do the day party without. More pictures of Cloud Nothings from that party and the video of the new song below...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure at Pitchfork SXSW Showcase (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
UK duo Disclosure caught our ears with some great releases last year, including The Face EP, and kept things going this year with their excellent single, "White Noise," which features AlunaGeorge. I went to catch them at the official Pitchfork SXSW showcase at 1100 Warehouse last night (3/14), and as with many of these post-dubstep artists, and especially those who rely on guest vocalists that don't perform live with them, it's hard not to wonder how much of a "show" it will really be. So I was taken pretty off guard when Disclosure opened their set with a song that they sang on. They didn't sing any others after that (relying on samples and recorded versions of their guest singers) but the show continued to be something you could "watch" as well as a huge dance party.
They use a fair amount of live percussion which keeps things interesting too, and when they played songs like "White Noise" and "What's In Your Head" the crowd was going wild. When I first wrote about Disclosure, I mentioned that I didn't foresee them headlining a place like Terminal 5 any time soon (which their friend SBTRKT did), but after seeing what their live show is capable of last night, I'm pretty sure I was way wrong.
Disclosure don't play T5 just yet, but they will be in NYC for two shows next week at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (3/20) and Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (3/21). Both of those shows are sold out.
Stream "White Noise" below...
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Sacher
Iggy & The Stooges @ Mohawk, 3/13/2013
In addition to the thousands (millions?) of newer, buzzy, hyped bands at SXSW, there's always a few treats from some legends too. This year, one of those legends was Iggy and the Stooges, who are working on a new album this year. They played a House of Vans show at Mohawk last night (3/13), taking the stage after a killer set by Japandroids. Following some introductory music over the PA that sounded like it could score 300 or something, the members of The Stooges (
Scott Asheton, Toby Dammit, James Williamson, and Mike Watt) took to their positions and then finally a shirtless Iggy Pop ran to the front of the stage as the audience howled in excitement.
I wasn't born yet when The Stooges made their first run as a band, but from the videos I've seen and the stories I've heard, Iggy was always a maniac on stage and he's still got it. He never stopped running around, yelling his vocals, and giving "fuck"-filled speeches between songs. They played a bunch of their old tunes ("Raw Power," "Gimme Danger," "I Wanna Be Your Dog") and also used the time to sample parts of their new record. Obviously the classics are what got everyone going, but those new tracks (like "Burn," which you can stream below) are pretty vitalized for a band this late in their career.
More pictures of the mayhem that was Iggy and the Stooges at Mohawk below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The line to get into Stubb's last night (3/15) for NPR's SXSW showcase snaked down all the way to I-35. With a line-up featuring Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, Youth Lagoon and more, it's no surprise. As the sun set, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds took the stage and delivered a powerhouse, career-spanning set. Later, Yeah Yeah Yeahs previewed much of their new album Mosquito for the crowd and Karen O was literally luminescent on stage.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher
White Lung / Nu Sensae @ Holy Mountain, 3/13/2013
The Enabler/Don Giovanni/Suicide Squeeze/Sacred Bones SXSW showcase went down at Holy Mountain last night (3/13) in Austin with a bunch of great bands like White Lung, Waxahatchee, Nu Sensae, California X, and more.
I'm a fan of California X's self-titled album, which came out recently on Don Giovanni, but much like Torres did earlier that day, these guys really blew me away live on a level I didn't get from the record. They tend to get grouped into the "bands that sound like Dinosaur Jr." category, but after seeing them for my first time last night, I really think they come off as force of their own. They rock out, swing their long hair around, and deliver a solid mix of riffage, punchy tunes, and sludge-drenched heaviness, that only sounds hinted-at on their album. Someone get these guys in the studio with Steve Albini.
Easily one of the most anticipated artists at this year's SXSW is Waxahatchee, whose new album, Cerulean Salt, just hit shelves and is driving a lot of people wild. And her live show lives up too. She played full band and stuck to the more rock-oriented songs and rock versions of softer tunes, and at least in the front of the room, the crowd was completely zoned in. "I loved Waxahatchee!" I excitedly said to someone at the show. "Yeah, everyone does," was her response. It's true.
The show ended with two Vancouver punk bands (who also happen to be good friends), Nu Sensae and White Lung. Nu Sensae played a pretty short set on the backyard stage and their great mix of noise rock, punk, and no wave was spot on last night. Then White Lung took the stage indoors and really tore things up. Singer Mish Way is a powerhouse on stage and her band are no slackers either (watching that guitarist shred is about as intense as Mish's shouts). The crowd was super into them too, starting mini moshpits and fist-raised shoutalongs, especially during tracks like "Thick Lip" and "Glue."
You can catch White Lung at our free SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16) at 3:45 PM on The Jr. stage.
SXSW is in ful, nutty swing and and while we've already announced our slate of official nighttime showcases and day parties, we've got one more for ya. BrooklynVegan and Chaos in Tejas are proud to present tonight, March 14 (technically 3/15 in the AM) a show on the Pedestrian Bridge (Lamar & Riverside) featuring sets from Destruction Unit, Merchandise and Parquet Courts. The FREE, all-ages show kicks off at 2AM. Get there!
In addition to this, Chaos in Tejas have quite a few shows of their own during SXSW as well.
Meanwhile, our free Thursday day party at The Main and The Jr. starts at noon CDT, and kick off with sets from Jacco Gardner and Single mothers. If you're in Austin, stop by!
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder, words by Andrew Sacher
Delorean / Savages
We kicked off our free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties yesterday (3/13) in Austin at the Main & The Jr (aka the old Emo's location, aka 603 Red River St) with sets from Delorean, Robyn Hitchock, Savages, Camper Van Beethoven, Caveman, Braids, Maserati, Caitlin Rose, Anamanaguchi, Indians, Marnie Stern, Team Spirit, Torres, and Deep Sea Diver. Pictures from the party are in this post, and more are on the way soon.
The biggest surprise for me personally was Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), whose self titled debut is great, but she really takes it to another level live. Her band is super tight, loud, and confident (her guitarist has some rock star moves) and Mackenzie has some serious pipes that she doesn't even fully reveal on the album. It was a much heavier show than I expected, and if you can catch her at one of her other upcoming SXSW shows, highly recommended.
Torres was followed by other great sets on the outdoor stage (Glasslands Stage), like the noisy math rock of Marnie Stern (who played a lot of her great new album), the danceable video game punk of Anamanaguchi, and a set from post-rockers Maserati, who along with Caveman, cooled things down for a bit. But that cooling down didn't last long, because once Savages took the stage, they were possibly even more intense than CMJ. They played some new stuff that they didn't have back then, and once that album finally drops, I've got pretty high hopes for it. Finally, Delorean wrapped up the outdoor stage with a dancey set. It was nice to end the day with some familiar tunes like "Real Love." Then Maserati came out and joined Delorean for a cover over Gary Numan's "Cars." Not really.
Meanwhile, indoors Deep Sea Diver kicked things off around the same time as Torres outside and they were followed by the fun-rock of Team Spirit, Copenhagen's Indians (who were a 3-piece and were better that way than when I saw him solo), a rousing country set from Caitlin Rose, the new electronic sound of Braids (which we also heard at CMJ), and the show ended with sets from two musical veterans: Camper Van Beethoven and Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn was great and he is especially funny on stage with his in-between song banter. He referred to the overheard sounds of Delorean from the other room as the sounds of devils, and "if they had been heard 200 years earlier, marches of men would have been sent to destroy these fiends," (or something like that).
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, WILLCALL, Mirrored Media, and Redigi.
Our day parties continue today (3/14) with sets from Cloud Nothings, Parenthetical Girls, Death, METZ, Milk Music, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and more.
More pictures from yesterday's party below...
by Bill Pearis
Long-running LA-psych band The Warlocks have just wrapped up recording their sixth album -- and first since 2009's The Mirror Explodes -- which should see release in fall of this year. The group, who've released albums or Bomp! and Mute, now reside on Teepee which is also home to The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Warlocks, at one point, had a couple ex-BJM in their line-up but I'm not sure if they're still rocking the two-drummer megagroup they did in the mid '00s.
The Warlocks are at SXSW this and will return to Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest next month. Around that time, the band will hit the East Coast as well, with a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on April 23. Tickets for that are currently on AmEx presale with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/15) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of 2002's great The Pheonix Album, are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tegan & Sara @ The Main, 3/12/2013
SXSW's music portion kicked off Tuesday (3/12) night in Austin and while there weren't that many shows, the bills were all pretty stacked. Tegan & Sara headlined the IHeartRadio showcase at The Main and BV photographer Amanda Hatfield caught their set right before heading back to the VICELAND for Divine Fits. The Main -- the old Emo's space -- is a small room for Tegan & Sara these days and they told the crowd it was nice to be back in the space where they played once 10 years ago, a show that didn't go so well. See what happens when you keep at it?
The Main is also the location of all BrooklynVegan's free day parties during SXSW. (That and the adjacent The Jr., formerly Emo's Jr.) If you're in town, do stop by. Robyn Hitchcock headlines today's party at 5:15 PM CDT.
More Tegan & Sara pics below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
Ásgeir Trausti @ Slipper Room
Icelandic singer Ásgeir Trausti was in town on his way to SXSW, and played LES club The Slipper Room on Monday (3/11). He played songs off his new album Dyrd i daudathogn, which recently won four Icelandic Music Awards. You may remember that John Grant, who now lives in Iceland, has been helping Ásgeir on an English-language version of the album which will be out later this year.
As we said, he's currently in Austin so if you're there for the madness, seek him out. (A few streams are below.) Meanwhile, more Slipper Room pics are below.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Divine Fits at VICELAND at SXSW 2013
I'll spare you the boring details of my day's worth of delayed flights, but after finally landing in Austin at 10 PM last night (3/12), I darted over to The Jansport Bonfire Sessions @ VICELAND (which, for those of you in Austin, is located on 401 E Cesar Chavez, right across from the Austin Convention Center) and got there a few songs into Wavves' set. Wavves always bring a good time but this was more packed and wild than I'd seen them before. They used the show to preview a lot of their new album, Afraid of Heights, and if you thought King of the Beach had pop punk tendencies, on these new songs it's pretty much full blown 1995-1997 era skate punk. Your feelings on how that genre lives up in 2013 may alter your opinion on the new record, but Wavves do it well.
Up next were Japandroids, who picked up where Wavves left off and made things even wilder. After telling the security guards to leave the stage because they were "sucking the life out of the show," and repeated challenges aimed at the crowd that we weren't going hard enough, the energy level and spirit never stopped rising last night. Because it's SXSW, the set was short, but they included all the choice tracks -- "Fire's Highway," "Young Hearts Spark Fire," "The House That Heaven Built," etc. -- and for a band whose shows are always fun, last night may have been the best I've seen them.
Finally, Spoon/Wolf Parade related supergroup Divine Fits closed out the night. Granted it was almost 1 AM when they started, and their music is less ferocious than the two previous bands, but the crowd did calm down and began to filter out a bit. They did more of Britt Daniel's songs than Dan Boeckner's, and though I'm personally on Team Dan, it was still a solid set all things considered. For a "supergroup" the band have great chemistry on stage, and they're a lot more humble than they're allowed to be given their past projects (which is a good thing).
VICELAND continues tonight with IO Echo, Austra, Merchandise, Icona Pop, and The Joy Formidable. And Divine Fits, Japandroids, and Wavves all have more shows too (click the links for more info). One of Japandroids' next shows is tonight (3/13) with Iggy and the Stooges, The Specials, and Ghostface Killah.
More pictures of Divine Fits' set from last night and Wavves' new video for "Demon To Lean On" below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies are about to kick off a tour together supporting Joey Bada$$, which begins with all three artists in Austin for SXSW this week. And those two groups have just teamed up for a collaborative track, "No Religion." The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies are a good fit to work together -- they both love charismatically rapping about drugs over blown out production. On "No Religion" they don't talk too much about drugs, but what they do talk about is pretty great ("Stop trying to be Tupac, try and be better," I mean someone had to say it) and the rest of what usually makes those groups great is there. Listen to the track below (via Stereogum).
The Underachievers also recently freestyled and talked about Flying Lotus for Pitchfork.tv's "Selector." You can watch that video below. While they're in Austin for SXSW, The Underachievers play the BrooklynVegan Official Showcase on Friday (3/15) at Maggie Mae's Rooftop at 11 PM.
Song stream and video below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - "Hood Party" (ft. Kool A.D. and Despot) (MP3)
Milk Music/Fat Tony/The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, Austin, TX, 3/10/2013
Though the music portion of SXSW isn't in full force yet, there are still some shows that have gone down, including yesterday's (3/10) Bruise Cruise with Milk Music, Fat Tony, The Blind Shake, and Outer Minds. Like Bruise Cruise lineups always tend to be, it was a good party-style way to kick off SXSW with three punkish bands and an energetic rapper to top things off. Pictures from that cruise are in this post.
All four bands have other SXSW shows coming up, and Milk Music will be at our Thursday day party on the outdoor stage with Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Death, Rough Francis, and Single Mothers. It's free with RSVP.
Fat Tony also just released the song "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot), and will appear on his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which is due out on June 11 via Young One Records. You can download that track above or stream it below.
The Bruise Cruise was thrown by booking agency Panache, who also has other upcoming SXSW shows too.
More pictures below...
P.S. We're giving away custom Brooklyn Vegan iPhone 5 mophie cases for SXSW. Use #mophieLovesBV & tweet @BrooklynVegan your favorite artist from the above lineups for a chance at winning the below pictured mophie juice pack:
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Full of Hell at Acheron, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Metal is looking trimmer than ever this year in Austin, but luckily there are still quite a few exciting shows to look forward to at SXSW 2013. Here are a few of them. Have fun out there, and come see us at one of our many shows this week in Austin! (With one more still TBA.... keep your eyes peeled to the site on Thursday at noon.)
My SXSW metal picks are below...
by Bill Pearis
Colleen Green will release her new album, Sock it to Me, via Hardly Art next week (3/19). Backed by a rinky dink drum machine and fuzzed-out guitars, Green delivers pop gem after pop in her appealingly honeyed and harmonied vocal style. It's a great record and you can download two tracks above and stream the whole album below (via Stereogum).
Colleen is spending this week, you might be surprised to learn, in Austin for SXSW but will be playing the rest of the country on tour afterwards, including a stop in NYC on April 21 at Death by Audio. All dates -- including her SXSW schedule -- are listed below.
Passion Pit in Chicago last month (more by Cory Dewald)
Passion Pit, who already had a song in a Taco Bell commercial, are in Austin for SXSW Interactive to film a Taco Bell-sponsored rockumentary titled Feed the Beat: SXSW 2013, which includes live footage that will be streamed live TONIGHT (3/11) at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel. Once documentarian Sam Jones finishes the film, it will be sourced to all fans for free. The rockumentary will also feature tweets, vines, and instagrams from fans that use the hashtag #FeedtheBeat. Wildcat! Wildcat! open.
Speaking of SXSW, like Hype Machine, BrooklynVegan will be presenting multiple days of shows in Austin this week. Check BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups and more details.
The Hype Hotel Passion Pit show, though being streamed live to the whole internet-connected world, will only have around 1000 people in attendance - much more intimate than the the headlining show Passion Pit recently played at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Film trailer below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Denton crew Vulgar Fashion wows 'em with the new track "Pact with the Devil," the latest song to emerge from the band's Colin-Marston-produced self-titled debut 10". Due via Handmade Birds on March 19, you can check out that noise-damaged gothic-synth-punk track below for the first time along with another track "Golden Showers" (not an R.Kelly cover)(sorry, couldn't resist).
Handmade Birds honcho R.Loren will join BV/ IO contributors Kim Kelly and Andy O'Connor and yours truly as part of the DJ squad set for the Pitchfork Show No Mercy showcase on 3/13 at Mohawk during SXSW.
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: 3421 - "Sparks" (MP3)
Israeli live dubstep duo 3421, who we first caught at the Jerusalem Music Conference over the summer, are coming over to the US for some shows this month, including of course, SXSW. While they're in Austin, they'll open the official BrooklynVegan showcase at 8 PM, which goes down on Friday March 15 on the Maggie Mae's Rooftop (323 E. 6th Street) with XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, The Underachievers, Pictureplane, and more. SXSW badges are welcome and general admission tickets will be available at the door.
After SXSW, the duo will pass through NYC for a previously mentioned show at Mercury Lounge on March 20 with Roy Orbit (tickets), and another show two days earlier at Knitting Factory (3/18) for a VVYNL party with I, Synthesist, Khalid Rivera, DJ David Martinez, and LoveCryme. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
3421's live setup consists of a drummer (who plays an acoustic kit) and a synth player/vocalist. Their track, "Sparks," which you can watch an official live video of below and download above, combines Interpol-esque baritone vocals with bass-heavy dubstep rhythms. In that one, the "dubstep" parts are more along the lines of Rustie or SBTRKT, but other tracks, like "Ultimate Sun" have more maximalist bass drops like Woo Boost-era Rusko.
All dates are listed, along with that video and song streams, below...
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As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
by Bill Pearis
San Francisco's Permanent Collection released their debut album, Newly Wed Nearly Dead, last August on Loglady Records. Frontman Jason Hendardy, who runs the label with Lauren loPrete, used to be in Young Prisms and there's more than a little shoegaze in PC's sound but is definitely poppier than Hendardy's old band. You can stream the whole thing below.
Permanent Collection are visiting NYC at the moment, playing Shea Stadium tonight (3/8) with Darlings, Field Mouse, and Honeydrum (info here, that's a good show!); and the previously-mentioned Cake Shop show on Saturday (3/9) with Italy's His Clancyness, Spires and former Get Him Eat Him frontman Matt LeMay.
Meanwhile, Cake Shop and Loglady will be in Austin next week for SXSW, co-presenting a showcase that happens Friday (3/15) at Trailerspace Records. Permanent Collection are playing, as are Part Time, California X, TV Ghost, Grandma's Boyfriend, Waxahatchee, and Dead Angle (ex-Tartans). It's a free show, all ages. More info here, and all Permanent Collection dates are listed, along with the Loglady/Cake Shop flyer, below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Mac DeMarco @ The Jinx, Savannah, GA 3/7/2013
The Savannah Stopover kicked off last night (3/7) in the genteel Georgia city. Over 100 bands on their way to SXSW (and a few that aren't) will play through Saturday (3/9). Intrepid BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo will be covering the fest for us and arrived last night just in time to catch Mac DeMarco's headlining set at The Jinx. Hijinx is more like it judging from these photos.
More coverage from the Savannah Stopover to come and more pics from Mac's set are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
"Your showcase is..... interesting"
Forget about Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, Death, Today is The Day, METZ, all of them. I've got one goal and one goal only: to see Grumpy Cat live and in person at SXSW 2013. As noted a couple of days ago on @BVSXSW, The frowned-one will appear live and in purr-son (sorry!) for the interactive portion (sorry Music attendees) of the fest and will shoot Friskies commercials in the days following. Check out the original Grumpy Cat video below.